The car manufacturer VW AG was successful before the European Court in obtaining VW design protection for three of its car models. Toy manufacturer Rietze had unsuccessfully filed an application for invalidity of the VW Community designs.
The cancellation of the design protection for the famous Porsche 911 was confirmed before the European Court. The overall impression is dominated by the very similar general structure of the conflicting designs. The Porsche Community designs therefore lack individual character - an important legal case for the entire
A 2D pattern does not merge with the shape of the product if it is applied to goods such as paper or textile whose shape differs from these decorative designs, the ECJ ruled today.
Have you ever designed an innovative product design and would like to protect it against imitation by competitors? The solution could be the application for a registered design at the German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA).